The Florida Panthers take on the New Jersey Devils tonight, and it will be former teammates matching up in between the pipes as former Vancouver Canucks goalies Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider face each other.
Schneider was traded from the Canucks to the Devils on draft day, as Vancouver got a first round pick for the young goaltender. His record isn’t a true indication of how great he has played, suffering from a lack of goal support.
With a 2.07 goals against average and a .918 save percentage, it is hard to believe that Schneider has only won 12-times in his 35-games played. In two career games against the Panthers, Schneider has stopped 47-of-51 pucks, winning both games. He stopped 29-of-30 shots in January when the Devils defeated Florida 2-1 in overtime.
For Luongo his next two games will be that of the familiar settings. After facing his once ‘protégée’ Luongo will face the team he was once traded to by the Panthers, and then resent this past deadline, the Canucks.
In 22-career games against the Devils, Luongo has a 9-13 record and has a .918 SP to go with a 2.72 GAA. He has also pitched three shutouts.
Jaromir Jagr Player to Watch
Jagr has shown that age is nothing but a number, as at 42-years old he is still playing at a high level. Leading the Devils in points – Jagr has also had a great amount of success against the Panthers. In 58-career games, the forward has 32 goals and 34 assists along with eight power play goals.
The Panthers will have to make Jagr and fellow veteran Patrik Elias a must stop in order to stop the losing streak that has reached three games.
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